Panarins four points help Rangers cruise past Penguins


NEW YORK — Adam Fox scored a shorthanded goal and had two assists on the power play for the New York Rangers in an 8-4 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Fox has scored 21 points (three goals, 18 assists) during an 11-game point streak, the longest by a Rangers defenseman since Brian Leetch had a 14-game streak in 1996-97.

Artemi Panarin scored a season-high four points (one goal, three assists) for his fourth straight multipoint game, and Igor Shesterkin made 41 saves in his fourth straight start for New York (18-15-5). The Rangers had eight players with a goal and nine with at least two points. They went 3-for-3 on the power play.

Pittsburgh (24-13-2) has allowed 15 goals in its past two games, including a 7-5 loss at the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Tristan Jarry (seven saves) allowed four goals in the first period before being replaced by Casey DeSmith (10 saves) to start the second period. Jarry missed the previous two games with an upper-body injury.

The teams will play again here Thursday.

Ryan Strome gave the Rangers a 4-1 lead with a power-play goal at 19:42 of the first period. Alexis Lafreniere extended the lead to 5-1 at 12:20 of the second period.

Mike Matheson scored 15 seconds later to cut it to 5-2 at 12:35.

Kaapo Kakko scored New York’s third power-play goal at 6:10 of the third period to make it 6-2.

Jake Guentzel‘s goal at 8:04 cut the Rangers lead to 6-3.

Fox scored shorthanded to make it 7-3 at 10:22, and Pavel Buchnevich made it 8-3 at 10:41.

Brian Dumoulin scored at 18:36 for the 8-4 final.

Colin Blackwell gave New York a 1-0 lead at 1:35 of the first period. Mika Zibanejad made it 2-0 at 7:28, and Panarin’s power-play goal at 9:58 gave the Rangers a 3-0 lead.

Jared McCann scored on the power play 40 seconds later to make it 3-1 at 10:38.

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